Macy's

  www.macysinc.com
  www.macysinc.com

Macy's COSMETICS Interview Questions

Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
92 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

45%
25%
28%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

78%
7%
2%

Interview Difficulty

2.4
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

92 Candidate Interview Reviews Back to all interviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Cosmetic Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I have a second interview this week. The first interview went very well. The manager said she liked me and wanted to know if I was willing to work in different departments. I said I was more than willing. She then said she would contact me for a second interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Seasonal Cosmetic Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    First off I went for an interview and the manager was rude. I said hello he didn't was anything I was trying to shake his hand and he kept walking. During the interview he kept looking at me like I was a strange individual.. He didn't smile he wasn't friendly he was outright rude.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Macy's Seasonal Cosmetics Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warwick, RI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warwick, RI
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for the position and the next day I received an email to schedule my interview. When I got to Macys, I was interviewed by HR and was asked a standard set of questions that Macys suggested to ask.

    However, after the interview was over HR told me I was hired and that she wanted to let the Cosmetics manager know that she wanted to hire me. When HR got back to the interview, she told me there was no longer a position in cosmetic sales and that the only position was either Women's Fragrances or Men's Fragrances. Since I thought the job was commissioned based, I chose Women's Fragrances. However, I was told afterwards that the position was not commissioned based and was minimum wage. At this point, I am waiting to hear back from other employers.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. Macy's was set on only paying minimum wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate - Cosmetics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond Heights, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond Heights, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Macy's in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, got an email 3 days later to schedule an interview. The next day I had a very generic (well it IS retail) interview. She was very polite, but was not the department manager so she could not provide specifics, including pay and hours. She ended up calling someone, only to tell me the position is an "as-needed" position at $8.00 an hour. LOL......

    Reasons for Declining

    Lack of pay, hours, and clarity overall. Yes it's only seasonal but I am a licensed make up artist just looking for extra holiday cash. Insulting me with high school pay was a waste of time.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Cosmetics Counter Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    Recruited by former supervisor. Interviewed with the store manager and then the account coordinator and account executive. Had a lot of experience in cosmetics and counter management so the interview process was more of a get to know you now vs. your management style from the past.

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn't a difficult question that I could recall.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Difficult negotiation because I wanted a higher hourly rate because of my experience and it took a while to get it, but I eventually did.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    COSMETICS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tukwila, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tukwila, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    Met with a manager that didn't work in the department. I had been offered at job at Lush the previous day and when asked if I had questions from the get go I asked if they were willing to work around a second schedule. She immediately tried to end the interview and became very rude to me. I was also being interviewed for an oncall position when I was scheduled to be interview for a full-time cosmetics position. Very rude manager left disappointed with how I was treated and won't be applying again.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I was lied to about what I was being interviewed for.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cosmetics Counter Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and immediately the next morning received an invitation to interview. Interviewed for close to an hour and a half, went very well and the interviewer said he would be recommending me to go on in the process. He stepped out to check availability of when the Sales Mgr would be back in to meet for a next interview. When he came back in he seemed legitimately confused and embarrassed to tell me he was told the position was already earmarked for another candidate. It was awkward and clearly an internal miscommunication. He was going to pass my resume and interview results on to other departments for consideration of other positions. I left still feeling positive despite the situation, however in receiving no further communication after close to a month, will probably not pursue other positions in the future. Disappointed, I've held Macy's in high regard for many years and intentionally sought them out over any other company to consider returning back to the retail management industry.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic managerial questions: describe a time I turned a negative employee experience into a positive.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cosmetics Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Temecula, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Temecula, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and got an interview. Interview went well & was invited to a second interview. The woman said that the manager from the cosmetics counter would give me a call in a couple days to set up the interview. Called a week or two later to check in about it & couldn't get ahold of anyone. Left two messages throughout the week and never got called back. About a month and a half later, I went in to the counter that I was supposed to interview for and asked the associate about my situation. She told me that it took them 8 weeks to call her and not to worry about it. Never got a call. This was months ago. Don't tell people that they have a second interview and then never call them. Very unprofessional.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Cosmetics Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Macy's.

    Interview Details

    Macy's is a very nice clean store where they assist you kindly and straight to the point.
    Very comfortable place and very friendly. But all of that can mislead you to over confidence that you got the job. They make it seem like you're right and are a right candidate but then decline so so positive but don't over think it.

    Interview Questions
    • If a customer only wants to buy lipstick how would you get them to buy something other then that?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Cosmetics Counter Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Macy's in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    After applying on a Sunday I received an email for me to schedule an interview online. I selected the soonest date and prepared for the interview. I arrived at my scheduled appt. Time and the receptionist was on a break so I had an associate page her. Once she arrived she paged the head of cosmetics to meet with me. We hit it off immediately so much that she did my second interview on the spot with a higher end luxury brand than what I originally applied for.After the second interview which was also a pleasure I was called to do what is called a technical interview the following week.
    I already knew in cosmetics a tech interview means they want to evaluate your make up application skills on someone what I didn't know id I would be doing the manager of Chanel. She was so nice and I did a great job so I am now currently waiting on my start date.

    Interview Questions
    • None were difficult if you come prepared and are honest   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Easy just be firm do research on what similar positions are paid.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

Work at Macy's? Share Your Experiences

Macy's

 
Click to Rate
or

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.